smart, the maker of the trendiest city cars, have come up with a new concept for 2012 Detroit Motor Show called for-us.
And it’s a urban pickup for transporting small objects around in a cool and efficient way. The thing is, if your objects are small enough to fit in this car, they can easily be fitted inside the boot of a normal car, say a hatchback, so…
Anyhow, as it’s the case with smart cars, the for0us has very compact dimensions: length/width/height: 3547/1506/1701mm and is powered by a 55 kW magneto-electric motor. It seats two people and has space for two smart ebikes behind them. Thanks to the docking station on the cargo area of the smart for-us their batteries are always charged, and smart for-us drivers can also reach destinations that are out of bounds for cars – for example traffic-calmed zones in the city or isolated park trails.
The hood is electrically operated. When it opens first of all the cargo floor including tailboard retracts by 280 mm, then the tailgate slides down in a parallel position. The cargo on the 900 mm cargo area is then extremely easy to access.
On very cool feature of the interior is that instead of a conventional rear-view mirror the smart for-us features a smartphone accommodated in a holder on top of the instrument panel support. The driver can see what is happening on the road behind with the help of an integrated video camera.
Performance-wise, the for-us with its 130 Nm of torque can reach a top speed of 120 km/h, but the range might not be very good as smart don’t mention it. So it’s a very cool and futuristic concept, but not very realistic for the real world.